By David Vann
A noir novel rooted in an international of profound violence and remorse, Caribou Island is an exploration of marriage and exile set opposed to the interminable restlessness of Alaska's primal landscape.
On a small island in a glacier-fed lake on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, Gary and Irene's marriage is unraveling. by myself now that the youngsters are grown, Gary, pushed via thirty years of diverted plans, is decided to construct from scratch the cabin he has regularly sought after, believing it is going to recapture what as soon as drew him to Alaska. Irene is familiar with greater. She suspects that the cabin is Gary's first step to leaving her.
quickly they're hauling logs out to Caribou Island in solid climate and in bad storms, in disease and in health and wellbeing. yet setbacks start to create chinks in Gary's half-baked layout, whereas Irene is troubled with mysterious complications and troubling flashes of her tragic prior. With each one journey to the island their desperation escalates, and while iciness comes early, the punishing desolation of the prehistoric wasteland will threaten to push Irene and Gary to the sting and finish a wedding sustained via discomfort and rage that has been simmering for years.
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He followed her through the hall, and noticed the rich bronze of her untidy hair. Then he found himself in a small over-heated room, where an old couple were looking up at him in surprise. The man was eating toast, and there was butter on his chin. “My name,” he said, “is Ireland. ” They said nothing. They stared at him so strangely that he might have come from the Sahara or the Antarctic wastes. “Mr. ” Mr. Lamb waved his toast at him and laughed. Mrs. Lamb was not so merry. She did not like surprises of any kind, let alone one in the shape of a red-haired young man bearing books at eight o’clock in the evening.
I weep at cradles and I smile at graves. ” He took the pewter mug from his colleague and swallowed a great draught of ale. ” Tom Coates raised his mug. “Sheer necessity. ” Benjamin joined his mug with theirs. “Ah yes. The Fates. The sisters. ” Charles finished the drink, and looked around for the waiter. He was always known as “Uncle,” a solemn old man who still wore knee-breeches and worsted stockings. ” “Anon, sir. ” “That will be put on his gravestone,” Charles murmured to the others. “Anon, sir.
He felt in the pocket of his trousers, and gave her the coins. Together they gazed at the passing landscape, as they drove on to Stonehenge and Salisbury. ” Charles was asking him as they stood in the bookshop together. “An original De Sphaera from the printing shop of Manutius. ” These were not books that excited Charles’s imagination. He was more at ease among the old English authors. So he took down Greene’s Pandosto from the shelf where William had placed it. ” Charles noticed that he spoke in a harsh, impetuous manner, as if he were daring others to challenge him.
Caribou Island by David Vann